MotoringFile » Archive » MINI, The Ultimate Urban Car.

Let’s face it. More of us live in cities than ever. According to’s Kelsey Mayes, one in every 6.4 Americans live in one of the
country’s largest 50 cities as of 2009. So for many people, owning a car
fit for the city is a must. So has compiled their list of top
ten list of urban cars, and guess who’s on top?

The MINI Cooper refuses to release its grip on the title
of Ultimate Urban Car. Yes, it’s short — just over 12 feet long —
and it turns a fairly tight circle and offers rear parking sensors. But
being the ultimate urban car isn’t just about parking. The Cooper’s wee
size and nimble handling make it good for scooting around delivery
vehicles or slowpokes, especially if you opt for the turbocharged S trim
level. All Coopers have excellent brakes, too, so you’re well-protected
against the indiscretions of others, such as cellphone-obsessed
pedestrians who don’t know street from sidewalk. Consider the
convertible if you live in a warm climate, but if you’re in a wintry
city, think twice about the S trim level, which rides too firmly for
pothole-ridden streets.

While we dispute their suspension diagnosis (Sport Suspension is
optional on the Cooper S, just as it is on the Cooper), we can’t argue
with their summary. For zipping ’round town with spirit and thrift, it’s
hard to do better that a MINI. See the full list over at

Explore your inner Urban spirit at MINI of Tampa Bay.

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